After challenging the standards of surf industry by developing an alternative to surf wax, Van der Waal is launching a new version of its grip. Softer to skin and wetsuit friendly, while maintaining high grip values, this new version is a major improvement on previous ones.
The new version
More than improving the grip of this version, we were looking for a material that was softer to skin and wetsuits. After a lot of tests on different materials, we found an alternative to our previous material (used in Performance Series 1 and 2) that combined with a new texture pattern performed like we wanted. As a plus, this new material it’s completely free from plasticisers, turning to be a even more eco-friendly solution.
The name r.Evolution Series
As a completely different material and texture we decided (well, Martim did) to call it r.Evolution Series, as we face this new material as a mix of the evolution and improvement that we try to achieve everyday and a kind of revolution for us, as we were dropping a establish material with high grip levels for a new one.
Why a crowdfunding campaign?
As a small company, we don't surf in money, so to avoid defrauding current sales, we decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to get the funds necessary for full production.
Our campaign > http://indiegogo.com/projects/van-der-waal-r-evolution-series#/
What is Van der Waal
It's a clear non-skid alternative to surf wax, easy to install and that requires almost no maintenance. It’s crystal-clear which means that your surfboard will always look like new, and it doesn’t melt, so your board will never stain other surfaces it comes in contact with, such as your surfboard bag, your car or your clothes.
And because it doesn’t get sticky or dirty it is always clean.
How it started
"I broke my board in Carcavelos and ordered a new one. I was so excited with my new board, a yellow retro fish, that I started to explain Afonso an idea that I had some time ago: the wax would get the board all dirty and would hide the whole design, and how cool it would be to have an alternative to that...
My friend Afonso said that he worked in the past with a material that was able to turn into a grip, and that it was transparent. At that point we started to try the material on my board, just as a personal solution to solve my problem. With the enthusiasm of friends with my board and our solution led us to think that this could be a product. So we started to look at this from a different side, collecting more professional feedback and making adjustments. One year later Van der Waal was born."
- Martim Dornellas on How it started